Cork Wine Bar & Market is a natural wine bar, restaurant, and retail shop located in Stowe, Vermont.
Danielle Moffatt went to Chile, New Zealand, Austria and France for the skiing. She stayed for the wine. Nichols, 40, is a Stowe native and attended Green Mountain Valley School, a well-known ski academy in Waitsfield.
She has skied all her life. 16 years ago, she moved out to California to coach ski racing at the Sugar Bowl Academy in Norden, a small town tucked away in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
She traveled all over the globe with her team. The skiing was good. The wine was even better.
During visits, Moffatt found herself sneaking away for day trips with friends to visit some of the world-renowned wineries for which those far-off places are known.
“All of them were great wine places,” Moffatt noted.
Like a fine grape during fermentation, an idea began to blossom in Moffatt’s head. She wanted to open her own wine bar.
Her dream was realized with the opening of Cork in 2011.
“My goal is to create a comfortable wine scene,” Moffatt said. “Some wine stores can be pretty pretentious.”